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list of seven or eight position wheres the ftes will be allocated to work on specific projects. environmental planning we will experience an increase due to a position requested in the supplemental as well as a three working on transportation analysis and the transfer of function from the puc and in the zoning administration, just an increase of one for the new code enforcement planner, requested through the supplemental appropriation and then in administration, again, that positions for the it programmer position to support the permit and tracking system and the development as well as communications. so, last wednesday, on february 6th, i delivered this same exact presentation to the
preservation and they recommended approval for the fiscal year, 13, 14 budget to the commission and, they did request three modifications to the department's budget which i would like to give you an overview of right now. so the first thing that they requested a modification for was to increase the department's proposed staffing allegation, for community initiated surveys and landmark designations in the department's work program in fiscal year, 13/14, we had an fte allocation of 0.05 of an fte and i requested that we increase it and in talking with the historic preservation coordinator tim fly we decided to increase it to 3.15 of an fte in 13, 14, and 14, 15. the second modification request was to identify funding sources
and staff time to complete the surveys initiated by the former redevelopment agency and at this time, the development is working with the redevelopment staff to understand what obligations might exist to continue work on these projects. the third modification request was to increase funding and find alternative funding source to pay for the second of the interior interpretations guidebook, again, the department is currently researching other resource to complete that work. with that said, i respectfully request that the planning commission approve the department's proposed 13, 15 budget, so that we can submit it to the mayor's office next thursday, that concludes our presentation and i would be happy to answer any questions that you may have, thank you very much. >> is there any public comment on this item? >> public comment is closed. >> commissioner sugaya? >> yes, thank you for that
report. i am encouraged that we are what is the right word? taking into consideration the recommendations from the preservation commission and that is very encouraging and just one comment. i think through the years, in terms of this preservation fund, this city and not just the department but city has gotten the idea that it is a pot of money to delve into when they feel there is a historic preservation project that they may want to undertake. and i have to remind the city and the mayor's office, especially, i think that this was set up initially through a loss suit that was filed privately. and settled and the money, mr. hillis knows more about it than me. i think because he is used to staff the committee.
but, i think that the intent was for the funds, which do not replicate themselves. i mean, i forget the original amount, mr. hillis, around $2 million? >> $2.5 million. >> yes. and then each time there is a grant allocation, then it gets depleted. so i think that we have to treat that some what as a priority for the community to be able to apply for funding. and that is not to say that they are not worthy city projects too. but i just want to comment on the 250. it seems aufully large to me. having dealt with design guidelines in the past and especially with respect to historic areas. and i don't want to get into a debate about it. but i would ask the department to take a more serious look at
what the ultimate cost will be. >> it is likely that some level of environmental review will be necessary, and if it is an nir it has to be more than that, but i am hopefully we will able to do it within that. >> there was one other question that a member of the public posed to me and that was apparently we are going to undertake an african american context statement for the city? that the hpc has funded. i think that there was a grant or an rfp >> i am sorry. why don't you go ahead. >> tom, the planning department. correct we went to the preservation fund a couple of days ago there was a bidder's conference and so we are in the process of selecting a contractor to do that context statement. >> and so, should that be
reflected in the budget somewhere? >> so, the commissioner, the historic fund committee that money that came out is already fully appropriate ated so there is no appropriation authority that the department needs all of that money that is sitting in the office of workforce develop and they technically move the appropriation to the department and the reason none of that is reflected in the budget is because there is no need to have all of the budget money all of that money is fully appropriated. >> thank you, commissioner moore. >> we appreciate the work and it comes together quite well. i am interested in asking on detail regarding the funding of the commissions. i see on page 7 of 7 in your first memo that you are going
down in fte for the commission secretary and commission for the planning and for the preservation from four to three if i read that correctly. could you explain that tell anywhere the actual costs were for this operation are listed? >> yes, commissioner. it is staffed at three positions as it has been and it will continue to be staffed in three positions. in the current year the reason that it shows four is that linda retired in september and so her position remained in the budget and then it was reclass and it was double counted because we did not delete her position because she was here but we budgeted another position that was for her replacement with a different job class, as you know there was the issue about the job class, so in effect we are possible was double budgeted so
she could sit in her position and a new position could be filled in a different job class. >> let me ask you a question i am sure that you have an answer. you are describing a significant increase in staff and activity, activity and subsequent staffing. doesn't it also mean that is a double burden of a work load for both commissions who for some will proportionly increase. is it fair to say to have a reserve person in the wings, is prudent? because, i think it will require to fully implement the new rig or about the information filing questions and etc. etc. and all of the things that need to be improved and revisited. am i too conservative? is this the time to put that extra in there?
>> it is an interesting question. i think that the kind of limit on your time is largely due to the number of projects that you can see in any given week. it did not appear to us that any commission staffing that is solely devoted needs to increase, but somebody of the other functions in the department are supporting the commission indirectly, like the communications person and the admin staff and so on. those positions are not 100 percent devoted to the commission but they do spend the time as do so many of the staff on the commission items. so it is hard to quantify how much of the department is spent solely on the commission time or partially on commission time verses other things. let me just make or create a discussion only. and we have not at all talked about it. i understand, reading the paper, that you have significant support from the mayor's office.
for additional staffing for larger levels of efficiency within the department, etc.. so i think that it will be probably just prudent, to have somebody in the wing as a half ftp, until you know how all of these new procedures we are trying to improve are really what they will require and i don't want to find myself shorthanded in a year or so and again, certain things not working just have not anticipated that will be a little bit more intense. it is just like a conservative comment, particularly because you have the support right now. >> i think that you have done a excellent job and it is a well-designed budget and it takes into account the increased revenue that we are budgeting for the ability to move to these, or with these projects that are in the wings that are commented in the press and the city benefits that we
move these projects forward and i think that i am fine and i would like to prove to approve. >> second. >> commissioner hillis? >> just a quick question. the market street project, manager, we have people working on market street. >> yeah, and that is marlo's isaac's position. it will make that position permanent. >> commissioner, what we did is that we txed a position in the current budget and so we used an existing position and temporarily converted it but property ject manager is on board so we are adding a position in to put the project manager in. >> in the $250 million request if that does not come to fruition. >> we will just note it, it does not impact the budget because the money is already appropriate ated it is really more informational. >> right. >> if that number is not actually inside of the budget. because we don't, it is already created. >> if the 0.05 fte that was on
like the community initiated, so 0.05. that was that is going up 0.15. >> it is going up to 0.15 and we reallocated it from another line item in the historic preservation. >> what 0.05 mean, you could be divided on the way to work? >> just kidding. >> but, maybe, you know, i don't know if the preservation commission wants more that may be something that if they did not like the $250,000 for the secretary of interior standards perhaps you could ask them for more money for that use >> they have been reporting the response time but they asked us to kind of up our part of it. >> okay. >> yeah, but you see that is a one-time expense that they may be more amenable too. at one point, enforcement came up. as an issue.
you are not adding more to enforcement? >> we are adding one. >> and adding one in the supplemental. >> or one of the supplemental or one in the proposed budget and one will be for the solely preservation projects >> thank you. >> commissioner wu. >> over all i am supportive. i have a question on one of the grants. it says here that you are not sure yet the transportation planning grant i think that is the cal transgrant, i wonder if you have any ideas. i know that in the past it has been a funded and it funded chavez and broad way and china town, i am curious because it is a chunk money to do environmental justice work on. >> i think that is a place holder at this point anticipating that we will get something, but i don't know that we actually have the projects identified yet. >> okay. >> projects have to be within their guidelines. it is a place holder because we
had good luck getting grants from this pot of money, so we have thrown it in there. >> okay. >> that is what she was saying. >> commissioner sugaya? >> yes. did the hvc throw out a number for you guys on the 05? or did they just... >> they did not, no. they just asked us to increase it. >> okay. >> all right. >> i had one other thing. never... >> to support commissioner moore, this is a two-year cycle. but each year we have to do another two years. >> that is right. >> if we find ourselves behind the eight ball on the commission side, and in the secretary whoever gets higher and does the staff that are there, under this particular scenario find themselves inundated with the kind of things that they would have to
respond to either in the commission's work or the public records request or whatever happens and we have the ability then to take a look at it a year from now. >> that is right, but we also, would i argue that we could look at it before then just to reassign the staff if we really need to wait for the budget to do that. >> okay >> just to remind you that we also have changed one of your three positions to be a higher level professional level position as well. so, that, we think would also help in that capacity. >> commissioners, there is a motion and a second to approve your budget. commissioner antonini? >> aye. >> borden of >> aye. >> hillis. >> aye. >> moore. >> aye. >> sugaya. >> aye. >> wu. >> aye. >> fong. >> aye. >> that motion pass and places you under public comment. >> i have no speaker cards. >> is there any general public comment. >> thank you for your support.
our first look out is here at buena vista park, a favorite with couples and dog walkers. both have a significant force. a refreshing retreat from urban life. the romantic past that meander up and down the park under pines and eucalyptus. hang out in this environment and you might see butterflies it, fennel, and then the lines. -- dandelions. is ada accessible. public transit is plentiful. we have conquered the steps, we have watched the dogs, and we have enjoyed a beautiful view.
this is a place to take someone special on a romantic stroll and enjoyed a beautiful look out. welcome to corona heights located in the heart of this district. it offers a view of the downtown skyline, the bay bridge, and the east bay. it is one of the best kept secrets in the city. it is hardly ever crowded. on any given day, you will run into a few locals. , bought a 37 bus to get there without any parking worries. for legged friends can run freely. there is also a patch of grass for the small box. >> it is a great place. it is a wonderful place to have these kinds of parks. that dog owners appreciate it. >> take time to notice of the wildfires that are on the
grassland and keep your head out on the lookout for hawks and other bird life. be sure to take your camera and be prepared to take a view of the city will not forget. it has a beautiful red rock formations. you could watch the sunrise over the bay. this is another one of our great lookouts. we are at mount davidson. 928 feet. this is the place for you to bring someone special. to not forget that dogs and enjoy all of the pathways and greenery that surrounds you. it provides a peaceful oasis of open space and great hiking trails. the spectacular view offers a perfect place to watch the
sunrise or sunset with someone you love. >> it is a good place to get away from the hectic life of the city. come up here and listen to nature, i get some fresh air. that view is fantastic. >> where sturdy shoes. hikers get the feeling of being in a rain forest. mount davidson is also a great place to escape the noise and the bustle of the city. take the 36 bus and it will drop you at the entrance. it is quite a hike to the top but the view is worth every step. this is the place to bring that someone special. golden gate park's largest body
of water is an enchanting place. is a popular spot for paddling around in boats, which can be rented. created in 1893, it was designed for these your boating -- for leisure boating. it is named for the wild strawberries that once flourished. there is also a waterfall, two bridges, and trails the climb to the summit, the highest point at more than four hundred feet. you can catch glimpses of the western side of the city that make this hilltop a romantic look out. for public transit, i take the n train. the lad the ad -- lake is ada
accessible. watch many ducks, swans, and siegel's. -- seagulls. it is a great place to stroll and sail away. many couples come here to take a ride around a lake, going under the bridges, passing the chinese pavilion and the waterfall. for a quiet getaway, making for a memorable and magical experience. located on 19th avenue, this growth is the place to where you're hiking boots, bring the family and the dog because it has so much to offer you and your loved ones. it is a truly hidden gem in the city. the park is rich with eucalyptus
trees. long paths allow you to meander, perfect for a dog walking in a wooded environment. >> i enjoy the history. the diversity of nature that exists in such an urban city, concrete streets, cars, we have this oasis of the natural environment. it reminds us of what the history was. >> there is a section for dogs and plenty of parking. transit is available on the 28 bus to get you very easily. the part is ada -- park is ada accessible. it is also a natural lake. this is your chance to stroll around the lake and let the kids run free. it also has many birds to watch.
it is a place to find and appreciate what you -- a wonderful breath of fresh air. come and experience in this park and enjoy the people, picnics, and sunshine. this is a lovely place to take a stroll with your loved ones. in the middle of pacific heights, on top of these hills, it offers a great square, a peaceful beauty, large trees and grass and greenery. it features tables and benches, a playground, restaurants, and tennis courts. there are plenty of areas for football and picnics. it is very much a couple's park. there are many activities you can experience together. stroll on the pathways, bring
your dog, or just picnic at one of the many tables and enjoy all that it has to offer together. many couples find this is a perfect park to throw down a blanket and soak up the sun. it is a majestic place that you can share with someone you chairs. lafayette park is also easily accessed from the 47, 49, and 90 buses. it is ada accessible. we are here at the historic palace of fine art in the marina district. originally built for the 1950's exposition, the palace is situated on san francisco's number waterfront.
it is ada accessible and is reached by the 28, 30, and 91 bus lines. set against the reflecting waters of the lagoon and eucalyptus trees, the palace is one of san francisco post most -- san francisco's most romantic spots to relax with that special someone while listening to the water and gazing at the swans. a beautiful to view from many locations along the mattoon, an ideal place to -- all -- lagoon, an ideal place to walk with a loved one. reservations for weddings are available at sfrecpark.org.
discarding contains plants referred to by william shakespeare's plays and poems. welcome to the shakespeare garden here in the famous golden gate park. located near the museum and the california academy of sciences, the garden was designed by the california spring blossom and wildfilower association. here is a truly enchanting and tranquil garden along a path behind a charming gate. this garden is the spot to woo your date. stroll around and appreciate its unique setting. the gorgeous brick walkway and a brick wall, the stone benches, the rustic sundial. chaired the